Wetland Stewards 2006-07 After School Program

The first year of our Wetland Stewards after school program was a major success! More than 50 middle school students, representing 5 different after school programs in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, participated in more than 30 field trips to the Watsonville wetlands and the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center.

Click here to view photos of middle school students participating in wetland learning projects

In spring semester 2007, five high school students from Pajaro Valley High School completed over 70 hours each as mentors and assistants to the middle school field trip program. Each high school mentor also developed a comprehensive "teach" project, which involved developing a short activity and teaching tool based on a theme of their choice. This year's teach project themes included the following:

  • Composting - Demonstration worm bin, posterboard, and "compost basketball" game
  • Wildlife of the wetlands - Slideshow presentation and "trophic war" card game
  • Food chains - Visual presentation, card game, and making origami animals
  • Bird boxes - Posterboard display and kestrel box building activity

Click here to view photos of high school mentors presenting their teach projects

Five college interns from Cabrillo College, California State University Monterey Bay, University of California and Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara University, served as mentors to middle school and high school students. Over a dozen Watsonville Wetlands Watch docents also supported the program with 100+ hours of volunteer support.

Thank you to everyone who made the first year of Wetland Stewards such a success! We look forward to another year of fun and learning in the wetlands.




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